When someone has a scab there seems to be an urge to pick at it until it comes off. The attachment to picking & pulling a scab off is so strong in some people that they do it in public. Most are sneaky scab pickers. They will attempt to take on the scab without anyone being aware of what they are doing. Below are a few of the ways they will do.
1. Speed-rip it off.
The picker will be in conversation, maintaining eye contact and rip off the scab. The picker may be the one talking or they might be the one listening and not divert their eyes for one second during the rip.
2. Scratch it off.
The picker can be in conversation and scratch it off or the picker may casually pass by to walk into another room and scratch the scab gone. Perhaps they do this in the walk to their vehicle or they could be walking down the sidewalk or streets just a stranger with an urge to scratch.
3. Bites down and eats it off.
A suppressed picker may clamp down on the scab and gnaw it off.
A picker who has pulled a bit or all of a scab off may watch to see if anyone is looking and eat it or chew on it much like a person who nose picks and eats boogers. Some pickers may not care and eat it openly. Some people enjoy chewing and eating on scab’s so much they will cut or scratch their self just so the wound will scab over. They may also keep the same wound irritated and remove replacement scabs or they may remove replacement scabs until the wound heals before going on to a fresh area to inflict a new wound upon themselves.
4. A picker may hide the scab removal with objects.
The deed may be done behind an open book, under a coat or blanket, behind a person, parked vehicle, a bench, tree and behind the guise of a garbage can or a building. If they have long hair this to is a cover for ridding the skin of a scab.
The picker might feel free to pull off a scab in front of someone they feel comfortable with without realizing that the blood from the wound if any may be disturbing. The blood aftermath can draw attention to the scab pick or the grasping at the scab alone can catch eyes.